Bella Mente Quantum Racing has contracted Botin Partners Naval Architecture to design the yacht it will sail in the 36th America’s Cup competition, which is scheduled to take place in Auckland, New Zealand, in early 2021. The syndicate will represent the New York Yacht Club, which has returned to the America’s Cup arena after a 15-year absence.
Botin Partners has a record of success across many classes, particularly large monohulls. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron recently announced that the next America’s Cup will be sailed in the AC75 monohull.
BMQR is the combination of two successful American keelboat programs: Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente Maxi72 program and Doug DeVos’ Quantum Racing team. Over the past decade, Quantum Racing has sailed Botin Partners’ designs to five world championships in the TP52 class.
“Botin Partners has been the premiere monohull designer for the last decade,” BMQR CEO/Skipper Terry Hutchinson said in a statement. “We have had a great relationship with the Botin design office through five TP52s, and it just feels like a natural fit.”
Locking in the design team early allows BMQR the opportunity to begin development of its AC75.
“Any good team needs to learn how to communicate and understand each other,” Hutchinson said. “This takes time. The ability to start assembling this team now is critical as we have ground to make up against the established teams.”
Marcelino Botin, founder and president of Botin Partners, was the principal designer for Emirates Team New Zealand from 2004 to 2011, including the 32nd America’s Cup when ETNZ won the Louis Vuitton Cup and narrowly missed defeating Alinghi in the America’s Cup match. “Our ambition is to win the America’s Cup, and BMQR, with the New York Yacht Club as challenging club, has in our view the best chance to achieve this goal,” he said.
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